That’s right folks; celebrities weren’t always famous. This excludes Kevin Federline, who worked at Red Carpet Car Wash in Fresno, CA, and really isn’t famous for doing much other than marrying a former teen idol. Federline, who married Britney Spears in 2004, started out working with the vacuums and eventually climbed the ladder into the customer service department.
Moving along to more famous line workers, Detroit’s own country/rock and roll artist Bob Ritchie, a.k.a. Kid Rock, worked at a carwash before hitting it big. He even sings about it in his song “I Wanna Go Back,” in which he laments that he worked hard “puttin’ in hours at the 76 carwash.”
Perhaps most famous of all, Daytime Emmy-award winning talk show host Ellen DeGeneres also worked at a carwash. She told Larry King in a 2004 interview that she actually liked her first job as an end-of-the-line employee. “I was driving cars out of a carwash. You know, once the car comes out, you get in and you wipe it. That was exciting to me, to drive the nice cars and wipe [them] down with Emerald.”
Not all celebrities were prep or line employees. Director John Singleton, who brought the urban tale “Boyz n the Hood” to the big screen in 1991, told OK Magazine in a 2007 story that his first job was working the cash register at a carwash.
So there you have it. The next time you’re sitting down with a job applicant, remember you’re handing them the opportunity to perhaps someday be a celebrity. Let’s just hope he’s more famous for Emmys and Oscar nods than for marrying a once-in-a-while pop singer who thinks going bald really is sexy.
To the beat of his own drum
This Maroon 5 drummer thinks waterless carwashing is the way to go.
According to a Feb. 21 story by the celebrity gossip/environmental online magazine Ecorazzi, the drummer for the Grammy Award winning rock band Maroon 5 is backing a waterless carwash product.
The magazine said drummer Matt Flynn, who is an environmentalist, has been promoting Lucky Earth’s waterless carwash solution.
Flynn officially joined Maroon 5, a band who was honored at the 2006 Environmental Media Awards, in September 2006.